Assistant Professor in Metagenomics and Bioinformatics, tenure-track position

Kansas State University is located in Manhattan, the scenic Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas
Salary will be communsurate with experience and qualifications
February 08 2018
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The Division of Biology (DOB) at Kansas State University invites applications for a faculty position in Metagenomics and Bioinformatics, starting in fall 2019, at the level of Assistant Professor, tenure track.  This position is specifically tied to a large cross-university NSF project targeted to studying microbiomes of natural and agricultural systems across the strong precipitation gradient in Kansas.  We seek candidates with expertise that will complement the diverse microbial ecology programs within the DOB and are particularly interested in candidates addressing fundamental questions about the structure and function of microbiomes as well as the informatics challenges associated with such data. We broadly view microbiomes as the genome content of diverse communities including bacteria, archaea, fungi, microbial eukaryotes, and viruses, and are especially interested in candidates with experience in studying microbiomes in the context of natural environments. The successful candidate will have a strong record of collaboration across disciplines and experimental systems, a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and instruction, and will contribute to graduate and undergraduate instruction in the DOB. A Ph.D. in environmental genomics, metagenomics, bioinformatics, or a closely related field and relevant postdoctoral experience or equivalent, is required.

The DOB is a large and diverse academic unit with an excellent record of research and teaching ( Extramural research funding in the DOB averages approximately $10M per year, supporting a broad research program and a large number of faculty scientists with research interests in ecology, microbial ecology and function, bioinformatics, plus molecular and developmental biology. Many DOB faculty work at the interface between genomics, ecology, and bioinformatics. Resources available to our faculty include a high-performance computing cluster (, a bioinformatics center (, an integrated genomics facility (, and the Konza Prairie Biological Station (

Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan (, a vibrant college community of about 50,000 located in the scenic Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas, about 2 hours from Kansas City. Local recreational opportunities include a large lake/park system, diverse outdoor activities, and a rich program in the performing arts. Manhattan is the regional center for education, health care, commerce, entertainment and communications.

Applications must be submitted electronically at Applicants should submit a cover letter, description of research and teaching interests, a curriculum vita, and names and contact information for three references. Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to Ari Jumpponen ( Review of applications will begin February 28, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Please note, the target start date for this position is August 1, 2019. KSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

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